Dialogue from Film – “Stalag 17” ~~Price~~

They move to the old trap door and start unscrewing it. Price goes to his bunk, Hoffy with him. Price starts putting on his jacket.

PRICE
What do you say, Hoffy. We’ll hit the air raid trenches and cut out in back of Barracks nine.

HOFFY
You’d better cut out in back of the south latrine.

PRICE
Why the south latrine?

HOFFY
Because that’s where he is. In the water tank.

Price takes it smoothly.

PRICE
Good spot. With any luck we’ll make Krems by morning, or maybe even catch a barge up to Linz.

Sefton, who has been watching closely, tosses two packs of cigarettes on the table.

SEFTON
Two packs of cigarettes say Dunbar never gets out of the compound.

HOFFY
Are you starting that again?

SEFTON
Anybody cover?

They all look at him.

ANIMAL
(From the trap door)
Somebody step on that crumb!

DUKE
We warned you, Sefton!

SEFTON
Sure you warned me. You were going to slit the throat of that stoolie.

He throws an open jack-knife onto the table. The blade sticks.
The knife quivers.

SEFTON
Here’s the knife to do it with. Only make sure you got the right throat.

DUKE
We’re looking at it.

HOFFY
(To Harry and Animal)
Hurry up on that trap door.
(To Sefton)
What are you trying to do, Sefton?
Gum up the works?

SEFTON
That’s right. Or would you rather see Dunbar lying out there in the mud tomorrow morning like Manfredi and Johnson?

HOFFY
Look, Sefton, I had my hands full so they wouldn’t tear you apart –

SEFTON
I called it the last time, didn’t I?

PRICE
Are we going to stand around here and listen to him until the Germans find out where Dunbar is?

SEFTON
The Germans know where Dunbar is.

HOFFY
How do they know?

SEFTON
You told them, Hoffy.

HOFFY
Who did?

SEFTON
You did!

HOFFY
Are you off your rocker?

SEFTON
Uh-huh. Fell right on my head.
(Confronting Price)
Sprechen sie Deutsch?

PRICE
No. I don’t sprechen sie Deutsch.

SEFTON
Maybe just one word? Kaput? Because you’re kaput, Price.

PRICE
Will you get this guy out of my hair so I can go?

SEFTON
Go where? To the Kommandant’s office and tell him where Dunbar is?

PRICE
(Starting for him)
I’ll kill you for that!

SEFTON
(Slaps Price’s face back and forth)
Shut up!
Security Officer, huh? Always screening everybody, only who screens you?
Great American hero. From Cleveland, Ohio! Enlisted right after Pearl Harbor! When was Pearl Harbor, Price? Or, don’t you know that?

PRICE
December seventh, forty-one.

SEFTON
What time?

PRICE
Six o’clock. I was having dinner.

SEFTON
Six o’clock in Berlin. They were having lunch in Cleveland.
(To the others)
Am I boring you, boys?

HOFFY
Go on.

SEFTON
He’s a Nazi, Price is. For all I know, his name is Preissinger or Preisshoffer.
Oh sure, he lived in Cleveland, but when the war broke out he came back to the Fatherland like a good little Bundist. He spoke our lingo so they sent him to spy school, and fixed him up with phony dogtags –

PRICE
He’s lying! He’s just trying to get himself off the hook!

HARRY
(Jabbing him)
He said, shut up.

ANIMAL
You heard what he said.

SEFTON
Okay, Herr Preisshoffer, let’s have the mail box.

PRICE
The what?

SEFTON
The one you took out of the corner of your bunk and put in this pocket.

He snatches a black queen out of Price’s coat pocket.

SEFTON
Now let me show you how they did it.
They did it by mail.

HARRY
Mail?

SEFTON
That’s right.
Little love notes between our Security Officer and von Scherbach with Schulz the mail man.
Here’s the flag.
(Ties up a loop in the light cord)
They used to put a loop in the cord. Did you ever notice?
And here’s the mail boxes.
(Opening the black queens)
Hollow black queens.
(Price nervously glances at the trap door)
Cute, huh? They delivered the mail or picked it up when we were out of the barracks, like for Appell.
And when there was a special delivery, they’d pull a phony air raid to get us out of here like last night, like for instance.
(To Price again)
There wasn’t a plane in the sky – or was there, Price?

Price dives for the open trap door. He is caught by Duke. He breaks away and flings himself at the window, tearing down the blanket.

PRICE
(Screaming)
Hilfe!

He never gets the whole word out. Animal and Harry jump him, Animal clamping his hand over his mouth. They throw him to the floor and all duck as the light from the goon tower swoops through the barracks.

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One response to “Dialogue from Film – “Stalag 17” ~~Price~~

  1. “Stalag 17” was released in 1953 with William Holden as Sergeant J J Sefton and Peter Graves as Sergeant Frank Price.
    William Holden was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor.

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